From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—author of Moonlight Over Paris and Somewhere in France—comes a lush historical novel that tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an ocean away from her past.
In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly newsmagazine in London. She jumps at the chance, for it's an opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined.Although most of Ruby's new colleagues welcome her, a few resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when the bombs begin to fall. As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into weeks and months, Ruby must set aside her determination to remain an objective observer. When she loses everything but her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers, she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true friendship—and what it is to love a man who is burdened by secrets that aren’t his to share.
Goodnight from London, inspired in part by the wartime experiences of the author’s own grandmother, is a captivating, heartfelt, and historically immersive story that readers are sure to embrace.
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About the Author
Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She holds a doctorate from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Really liked this book and want to read more from this author. Loved all of the characters. It is the story of a young American reporter in England during the Blitz and into the time when the U.S. joined the war. So good!
I really enjoyed this story. An young, single American girl is sent by her newspaper/magazine to London in the summer of 1940 to work at a London newspaper (the two firms split her salary). The book goes on to cover London throughout the war - and what that young woman experiences during that period. It was very interesting, and I will definitely read more by this author.
It is 1940 and there is a war in Europe. Ruby Sutton, a journalist in New York City, is working for The American. After only six months on the job, she is called to her Editor’s office for a meeting. Concern and worry consume her as she waits to speak with Mr. Mitchell. She is however very surprised to be offered a placement as a war correspondent writing for Picture Weekly in London. She accepts the once in a lifetime opportunity, but is apprehensive about her humble upbringing surfacing. Upon her arrival in London she is met by Mr. Bennett; a soldier and a good friend of her new boss Kaz. Ruby easily settles in and enjoys writing for Picture Weekly. She also sends a column home to The American called Dispatches from London. She is extremely talented at humanizing the war and speaking to the families that have been affected by it. There are many endless nights spent in terror in air raid shelters during the Blitz. When Ruby looses everything except her life, she is forced to confront a past she had hoped to leave behind in America. With the kindness of strangers and one very handsome soldier, Ruby begins to heal and starts to move forward. I have been struggling to write this review for days now. Not because I disliked the book I loved it, but because it is a classic World War Two love story. It has a strong female character who is independent, self sufficient and very, very likable. A woman you would be honored to have as your friend. There is a man, handsome and mysterious just out of reach. It is rich with bombings, death, air raid shelters and overall destruction at its heart. Sadness and hope spring from its depths. Collusion, lies, condemnation, dissent, love, faith, healing and friendship all abound throughout Goodnight from London. It is a story not to be missed. If you enjoyed reading All the Light we cannot See, Everyone Brave If Forgiven and The Nightingale you will enjoy this book. The story of bringing a horrible war to life and the good that can come from it. A 5 star book! Thank you to Nancy at Bestsellersworld and William Morrow for a copy of the book to review.
"I don't think I could describe it if I hadn't lived through it. It's as simple as that. The fear of the bombs is real enough, and if there's a man or woman in London who isn't scared ruing the raids I'd like to borrow some of their courage. It's their good humor that surprises me. How this city can paste a smile on its collective face and still get to work more or less on time, still get the jobs done that need doing, and apart from a wobbly moment here or there, still find things to joke and sing and laugh about, I haven't yet figured out. When I do I'll let you know..." ~ Dispatches from London by Miss Ruby Sutton, September 31, 1940." To work abroad covering the results of the war in London is a dream come true for Ruby Sutton, a news correspondent for the American, a paper in the states. Now she will take her love of bringing readers right into the action while working for Picture Weekly as a staff writer along with sending back her stories for her own column with the American. It would be the job opportunity of a life time and with no family back home to miss her, she was the right person for the job. Now it would be time to let readers back in America what was happening as Hitler continued to barrage London in nighttime attacks known as the Blitz. Sharing with readers what it felt like made her stories sensational, desired and desperately read as well as selling quite a bit of papers in both places. Only the last thing she ever expected to face was losing those things closest to her. Like most of victims of the war, she too, will be faced with the greatest challenge. As an orphan, she gave up hope long ago as well as forming any close relationships with men or women. It was the very reason she was sent to London, she had no ties at home. Now working with Mary, her photographer assigned to her, they will have to face the worst things war had to offer. Seeing places that have been leveled when the day before they might have walked the very street that had faced being bombed. It is the very reason that her articles resonated with readers. Even though they didn't have to face the things Ruby saw, they felt as if they were right there with her. It doesn't hurt that she has Captain Bennett to show her around when she gets to London and offers to contact her whenever he is in town. Yet just when it seems like Ruby is about to get a second chance at life, the war will remind her that nothing is guaranteed and tomorrow is just an illusion. I received Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. I absolutely love the little tidbits that close some of the chapters, bits and pieces of the wonderful articles that Ruby writes as well as some real life examples of woman reporters covering the war across the pond. It's that basis for historical facts that make novels like this one worth reading. It's so much better than history books, even though there is much fabricated to make readers connect with the characters, but I truly love Ruby's sense of adventure and responsibility to do what very few women were able to do. Take readers into the heart of what she was seeing, from sitting in a shelter while bombs were being dropped or simply interviewing those who had lost everything. I'd give this novel a 4.5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read more from her in the future.
I was over the moon to have the chance to read an ARC of Goodnight from London. I loved Moonlight over Paris and was eager for the opportunity to read another book from Jennifer Robson. Disclaimer: I don't think this review can do adequate justice in expressing how much I enjoyed this book and how deeply its words resonated with me. Just know that I found it to be a truly phenomenal read. From the start, Robson did a great job of setting the tone of adventure on which Ruby was about to embark. I could already tell that she was an abitious and brave young woman. She was willing to leave everything that she knew to chase her dreams, and at such an uncertain time in history. The writing painted a very clear picture in my mind of life in London during the 1940's. I found Ruby's daily existence to be both fascinating and frightening. The end of Part 1 left me feeling the ache of exhuastion and terror at the aftermath of the bombing and how close Ruby had come to a far worse fate. All that she endured really gave a horrifying picture of the reality of the war in London at the time. The events of Chapter 15 had me dabbing my eyes with tissue in a nearly heartbroken state. It truly displayed the senselessness of war; having such vibrancy snuffed out a its peak. A quote in that chapter really hit the mark with me and summed up so much about life: "'Your only chance is to grab hold of happiness when you have it, and enjoy it for however long it lasts.'" I found Chapter 21 to be very intense and frightening. It had me so worried about Ruby and her future. When the truth came out about how that situation came to be, I was fuming. Ruby held a level of grace to be admired when she encountered the culprit later down the road. She stayed classy and still came out on top, which was a fantastic thing. All of the things that she witnessed first-hand and all of the people she met and talked with left a deep and lasting impression on me. Those scenes were so powerfully written and really painted a picture of the war as Ruby would have experienced it. She was such a brave woman to do all that she did. I've loved Robson's heroines, but Ruby was hands-down my favorite. The hope and courage that Ruby conveyed throughout kept me captivated and earned her a special place in my heart. Goodnight from London was stunningly beautiful and I highly recommend it.